I feel like the blue in this dianthus’ foliage. I’m cold. After several days in the mid-80s, we’ve dropped to a chilly 48F. However, while I shiver, I remember it’s been too warm for much of April. Therefore, the lilacs and tulips are mostly not themselves. The spinach is trying to bolt, and I was almost tempted to plant green beans and corn. I stopped myself although I did set out my tomatoes. I like a bit of a gamble I guess.
Tonight, we’re supposed to get down to 35F. All of the tropical color plants I bought at Bustani Plant Farm are going to come inside for the night. This weekend, we should be out of the woods. Although it isn’t a freeze, it is too cool for a tropical, Southern Hemisphere lovin’ coleus or variegated tapioca.
Spring is a fickle friend, which we should all remember.
On the 15th day of the month, Carol from May Dreams Gardens invites us to join her in a celebration of blooming plants, so, here are my beautiful if cool bloomers this fine day. I took a picture of the newest border, but the flowers in it aren’t really fair because they were all greenhouse blooms.
The colorful tomato cages are not some form of expressionist art, but deterrents for our chocolate monster, “Tap,” who in his latest form of destruction was tugging the Netafin hosing from the bed facing the street. (Yes, I could have killed him.) For some reason, Tap stays away from the tomato cages. I hope to move them to their proper use as tomato support as soon as these plants get a bit bigger. Tap only digs in “empty” spaces, silly dog.
Clematis love this kind of weather. They don’t mind the cold, and they really appreciate a bit of cloudiness in which to show off. Mine are just starting to bloom with ‘H.F. Young’ leading the charge. A tip I learned years ago from watching an Ohio gardener on A Gardener’s Diary, famous for her clematis. She attached green spray-painted chicken wire to her fences to give her clematis support. At Ace Hardware in Edmond, I found chicken wire coated in green plastic which I attached a year ago. Because of the color, it is barely noticeable. Cool huh?
Even after the big trim, ‘Cl. Old Blush’ is blooming. I just hope she isn’t too traumatized by last winter’s harshness. Some roses look better than others in my garden this spring.
This is what she looked like last spring. C’est la vie.
In one of the lower beds, the native, yellow Senecio obovatus, a bright pink heirloom dianthus and a yellow baptisia just beginning to team up as a springtime bouquet.
In another bed, Phlox divaricata steals the show.
Another spring favorite is the shrub, Weigela florida ‘Variegatus’ or variegated weigela, which always reliably blooms in April. It is a very pretty plant and stays nice even after the flowers fade.
Finally, here’s a view of the lower garden where you can really see that most of it is still that fresh beautiful spring green. Next month, it will be full of blooms.